The Super Eagles of Nigeria on Friday defeated Poland national team in a friendly played at Wroclaw Municipal Stadium.
The Super Eagles started forcefully well and left no one in doubt they were in Wroclaw to beat Poland before their home crowd.
The lone goal of the match was scored by Chelsea star, Victor Moses in the 61st minute through a clear penalty that was in any case contested by the partisan crowd.
Moses had dribbled his way into the Polish defence and bringing him down as he was about to shoot for goal was the only option left for the Polish. The referee, Michael Oliver from England was left with no option that to award a penalty.
Moses quickly stood up and brilliantly converted from the spot to put Nigeria 1-0 up.
Nigeria could have made it two nil in the second half in a counter-attack move, when substitute Ogenyi Onazi, found another sub, Ahmed Musa in the box but the CSKA Moscow striker missed the pass
After the 4-2 victory against Argentina last November in Krasnodar, Nigeria’s confidence going to Russia will be further boosted by beating a Polish team ranked 6th in the world, 46 places above the Super Eagles.
It was however Poland’s third match in a row without scoring a goal, after the 0-0 against Uruguay and 0-1 loss to Mexico – both matches were played on home soil.
Despite Super Eagles being in control of the game, Bayern Munich striker, was thwarted by the woodwork just after eight minutes when his team surprised the Super Eagles with a quick counter.
In the second half, he was denied again when his close-range shot was blocked by Deportivo La Coruna teenage goalkeeper, Francis Uzoho, who had an excellent game. It ensured that Poland have now gone 270 minutes without scoring a goal.
Coach Gernat Rohr was impressed with Uzoho that he showered praises on him after the game.
“He did very well and our defence generally, despite losing some aerial duels.
“We won the game without our captain, John Obi Mikel. It is the first time we won without him but we had a good captain (William Ekong) today.
“It shows that our team is not about one player. We showed today that we are able to produce more leaders,” he said.
Nevertheless, Rohr saw the victory as a lucky one, adding that the mere fact that his side beat the number six in the world does not mean that they are now favourites to win their group in Russia or the world cup.
Nigeria’s next game is a friendly against Serbia on Tuesday in London. The Serbs were beaten 2-1 on Friday by Morocco.